What happens to my skin when I sleep?
Everyone knows the saying, “I need my beauty sleep,” and yes….yes, you do. One third of our lives is sleeping. That means one third of your life, your body and skin is repairing itself. Poor sleep patterns result in poor health and poor skin. On the other hand, good sleep patterns give your skin more time to repair, which obviously results in better skin health. Seems simple, right? Taking the correct actions to prepare your skin for a good nights sleep is key.
When you sleep your skin cells metabolic rate speeds up faster than during the day. The cells in your body increase production and reduce breakdowns of proteins. Proteins are needed for cell growth, so this means…while you sleep, your skin is repairing the damaged cells by growing new ones. Deep sleep is the best way to achieve this level of cell growth, so it is important to get 6-8 hours a sleep per night.
Think you can make up your night time sleep, with cat naps during the day? Think again. Your body needs energy for tissue repair and cell regrowth, this is not available during daylight because it is being used elsewhere.
You can usually tell when a person does not sleep a full night of deep sleep, it usually results in under eye dark circles, puffiness, dehydration, and an ashy complexion. When you sleep it also reduces cortisol, the stress hormone, which is known to cause stretch marks, discoloration, and thinning/aging skin. It also increases melatonin production, which fights off age spots, fine lines, and even skin cancer.
When choosing over night skin creams and serums, make sure they are very moisture attracting products. We naturally lose moisture as we sleep, so the more moisture you can get on your skin before you sleep, the better.
So think twice about partying hard, and spend more time sleeping!